1. Matt Sorum Joins Fight to Save Dolphins in Japan

    September 02, 2013 10:26 AM EDT Former Guns N' Roses drummer Matt Sorum was in a remote Japanese fishing village Monday to protest against its annual dolphin hunt. Sorum, who now leads his own group, is the latest celebrity to join the increasingly global campaign to stop the dolphin kill in Taiji, a quaint fishing…

  2. Avenged Sevenfold: The Billboard Cover Story

    August 23, 2013 11:00 AM EDT Tapping its partnership with gaming franchise 'Call of Duty,' Avenged Sevenfold is poised for big things with the old-school metal wallop of "Hail to the King" This is an excerpt. For the complete story, buy this week's issue of Billboard. Last October, metal…

  3. Delta Country Jam Bringing Tim McGraw, Kellie Pickler to Mississippi

    August 22, 2013 6:45 PM EDT One doesn't need much of a history lesson about the Mississippi Delta region to know that music is a huge part of the area. Harbor Entertainment's Drew Dedo is well aware of this fact, and is excited to be helping celebrate that heritage with the Delta Country Jam , slated for…

  4. Hardstyle: Get To Know the Genre with an Exclusive Psyko Punkz Mix

    August 22, 2013 3:03 PM EDT Dutch brand Q Dance brings the high-octane genre to America. One fan at a time. Warped, distorted synths. A gut-punching, constant, turbo-powered kickdrum -- immediately followed by more bass on the offbeat. Voiceovers from monsters, alien gods and nasty little punks. No need for a drop.…

  5. Lady Gaga Urges Fans to Stop 'Sending Threats' Online

    August 19, 2013 10:25 PM EDT "Music is about love," Gaga wrote after her fans targeted blogger Perez Hilton with threatening language on Twitter. Lady Gaga wants her Little Monsters to stand down. "Sending threats of any kind, using hateful or abusive language, and the provoking of others on the internet…

  6. George Strait: The Billboard Cover Story Q&A

    August 16, 2013 11:30 AM EDT In a rare interview, the King of Country discusses the final shows on the Cowboy Rides Away tour and his lifelong "knack for picking good songs" By any measure, George Strait is one of the most successful, well-known country music artists in history. But, for all his achievements…

  7. Chrissy Amphlett ‘Lane’ Moves A Step Closer

    August 05, 2013 4:22 AM EDT Visitors to Melbourne may soon get the chance to stroll down "Chrissy Amphlett Lane." The Australian city’s council has voted unanimously to name a laneway in the late singer’s honor. Amphlett died in April at the age of 53, having battled breast cancer and multiple sclerosis.…

  8. Morrissey Cancels More South American Dates, Airs Frustrations

    July 20, 2013 11:11 PM EDT The tour dates have been "snuffed out," Morrissey writes. "Cancellations and illness have sucked the life out of all of us." The remainder of Morrissey's South American dates have been cancelled, the musician has announced via the blog True To You . "I am…

  9. Johnny Cash Festival Lands Vince Gill, Larry Gatlin for Aug. 17 Event

    July 19, 2013 5:35 PM EDT August 17 promises to be a big night of entertainment at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, Arkansas, as the Johnny Cash Music Festival will stage its' third annual benefit show at the school. Concert producer Bill Carter has once again assembled a very strong lineup, with Vince…

  10. Skillet and August Burns Red Heading for Top 10 Debuts on Billboard 200 Chart

    June 29, 2013 10:00 AM EDT Rock acts Skillet and August Burns Red are on track for their second and first top 10 albums, respectively. New albums from rock bands Skillet and August Burns Red are heading for the top 10 on next week's Billboard 200 chart. Industry sources suggest the former's "Rise"…

  11. Avenged Sevenfold Announces 'Hail to the King' Album

    June 27, 2013 1:05 PM EDT Rock group will play a special Hollywood show on the eve of the album release. Avenged Sevenfold has announced that its sixth studio album, "Hail to the King," will be released on Aug. 27 on Warner Bros. Records. The veteran rock band revealed the information through an online…

  12. Jay-Z Reveals Track Listing For 'Magna Carta Holy Grail' Via Scavenger Hunt

    June 22, 2013 11:58 PM EDT Days after Samsung's unprecedented deal with Jay-Z was detailed in Billboard's latest cover story , more details are seeping out about Hova's latest studio album. Today (June 22), the track listing from "Magna Carta Holy Grail" was revealed via a scavenger hunt held…

  13. Bauhaus' Peter Murphy Working on New Album 'Lion,' Hunting 2014 Release

    May 21, 2013 11:18 PM EDT Peter Murphy may be on the road playing Bauhaus songs at the moment, but his next batch of new music won't be far behind. The singer is eyeing an early 2014 release for "Lion," the follow-up to 2011's "Ninth." The album was hatched during sessions with producer…

  14. Mount Kimbie on Post-Dubstep Tag: 'We’re Quite Indifferent About It'

    May 16, 2013 12:53 PM EDT The U.K. duo’s post-genre sophomore album drops next week on Warp. Talking to Mount Kimbie makes it seem like 2009 was a decade ago. Four years ago, U.K.-based Kai Campos and Dominic Maker released their debut album “Crooks And Lovers” on Scuba's Hotflush label, which spurred a frenzy…

  15. What's Next for Randy Jackson After 'American Idol'?

    May 10, 2013 1:30 PM EDT The goal of “American Idol,” a dozen seasons ago when it started, was to create stars out of unknowns. It did so for Simon Cowell, perhaps the most famous A&R man on the planet, who has surrounded himself with television and music projects here and in the U.K. since his days as a judge…

  16. Vampire Weekend, 'Modern Vampires of the City': Track-by-Track Review

    May 08, 2013 11:15 AM EDT Rewind to early 2007 --when Vampire Weekend first popped up on indie rock fans' radar at the end of that year, the idea of a band breaking via blog coverage was still a novel concept. Since then, championing the ever-fickle blogosphere has become a virtual requirement in the…

  17. Snoop Lion, 'Reincarnated': Track-By-Track Review

    April 23, 2013 1:22 PM EDT Snoop Lion, formerly known as Snoop Dogg, announced his embracement of the Rastafarian way of life following a visit to Jamaica in 2012. While there he took part in reasoning sessions with Rastafarian elders, among them The Wailers’ sole living founding member Bunny Wailer. The elders’…

  18. Twitter Launches Its #Music App

    April 18, 2013 1:00 PM EDT Twitter, which released its music application to a handful of celebrities last week, announced today on "Good Morning America" and via a blog post that the rest of the world can now pile in. Twitter #Music will be available starting today at https://music.twitter.com and as a…

  19. Updated: Twitter Acquires Music Service We Are Hunted

    April 12, 2013 12:56 AM EDT Twitter confirmed Thursday it had acquired We Are Hunted, a San Francisco-based music startup that tracks the most popular songs across the Internet and social media. The company had been working on Twitter's music app, which, according to several reports, could launch to coincide with…

  20. A History Of Hit Piano Ballads On The Hot 100

    April 10, 2013 1:30 PM EDT Bruno Mars' new Hot 100 leader 'When I Was Your Man' joins Adele's 2011 smash 'Someone Like You' as the only piano-and-vocal-exclusive No. 1s in the chart's 54-year history. Amid a boom of hi-NRG EDM club anthems, stomp-and-clap folk/rock sing-alongs and…

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